Archive for Wednesday, October 20, 2004

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Dreary,’ drizzly day ahead
October 20, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 10:10 a.m.) Cloudy, drizzly weather was blanketing Lawrence this morning. And those clouds will be hanging around for the rest of the day, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Area briefs
October 20, 2004
¢ Hospital cancels flu shot clinic ¢ Bake sale, chili contest to benefit United Way ¢ Clarence Thomas to visit Law School ¢ Festival to feature 30 marching bands ¢ Christine Kenney to take part in online chat
Area briefs
October 20, 2004
¢ Poet, activist to work with Lawrence youths ¢ Lawrence couple makes largest-ever KPR pledge ¢ Baker newspaper finalist for award ¢ Haskell professor visits ‘River City Weekly’ ¢ Lawrence resident injured in K-10 wreck
Casino precedent
A compact that would allow a new casino in Wyandotte County sounds like a good business deal for the state, but officials should look carefully at the long-term implications of the plan.
October 20, 2004
Prospects of the state receiving as much as $50 million a year from a tribal casino in Wyandotte County may be putting a sparkle in the eyes of some state officials, but the details of this proposal, as well as the long-term implications, raise many questions and warning flags.
Kerry, Bush both fail to seal the deal
October 20, 2004
The Bush people have made the case that their rival is a simpering leftist, lacking in character and resolve, a skimmer and a schemer and, what’s worse, a conscientious objector in the war on terrorism. The Kerry team has argued that the president is a trigger-happy cowboy whose economic policies are more disastrous than Herbert Hoover’s, whose mendacity is worse than Richard Nixon’s and whose judgment is worse than, well, Caligula’s.
Ethics are key
October 20, 2004
Heating help
October 20, 2004
Judging judges
October 20, 2004
Dog park fan
October 20, 2004
Jobs needed
October 20, 2004
Party divisions
October 20, 2004
Sprint reports $1.9B loss in third quarter
Firm writes off $3.5 billion in long-distance assets
October 20, 2004
Sprint Corp. on Tuesday reported strong sales in its third quarter but took a loss as it wrote off $3.5 billion in value for its long-distance assets and suffered from disruptions caused by hurricanes.
Fed chair tries to calm concerns about debt, home prices
October 20, 2004
The record level of debt being carried by American households and soaring home prices do not appear to represent serious threats to the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.
Commodities
October 20, 2004
Seahawks finalize deal with Raiders for Rice
October 20, 2004
The Seattle Seahawks finally added Jerry Rice on Tuesday.
Browns, Cowboys swap receivers
October 20, 2004
Antonio Bryant and Quincy Morgan are switching teams in a trade of receivers and former second-round draft picks hoping for fresh starts in new places.
Chargers acquire McCardell
October 20, 2004
Keenan McCardell wanted out of Tampa Bay, and the Buccaneers obliged Tuesday by trading the NFL’s last holdout to the San Diego Chargers for two picks in next year’s draft.
Kent grabs spotlight
Game-winning homer fulfills wish
October 20, 2004
Jeff Kent flung his bat to the side and pumped his right fist as soon as the ball took flight, certain he was going to make a long-awaited trot around the bases.
Yankees on verge of collapse
October 20, 2004
Time to panic in pinstripe city.
Free State soccer loses third straight
October 20, 2004
Olathe North’s soccer team shut down Free State High and handed the Firebirds their third straight loss, 2-0, Tuesday at Olathe District Activities Center.
Olathe South blanks LHS, 1-0
October 20, 2004
Before the start of the second half of Tuesday night’s soccer game between Lawrence High and Olathe South, Falcons coach Will Stoskopf told his team: “Let’s go, Blue. You’re knocking on the door.”
Seabury Academy eliminated from Class 1A volleyball regional
October 20, 2004
Seabury Academy’s volleyball team went 1-1 at the Class 1A regional tournament Tuesday.
FSHS sweeps quad
October 20, 2004
Free State High’s volleyball team went undefeated Tuesday at the Topeka High quadrangular.
Woodling: Tips of trade for following KU football
October 20, 2004
Not too long ago, Lawrence writer Susan Kraus gave me a copy of her book “A Game Day Guide to the Towns of the Big 12.” Inside the paperbound book, I found everything I possibly could want to know about eateries, watering holes, shopping and other attractions in the cities of the Big 12 Conference — including, of course, Lawrence.
KU to travel to OU
October 20, 2004
Kansas University’s volleyball team will be seeking its second straight Big 12 Conference road victory when it takes on Oklahoma at 6 tonight.
Missouri rolls likely inflated
October 20, 2004
Voter rolls suggest a record 4.2 million Missourians are eligible to cast ballots on Nov. 2, but officials acknowledged Tuesday the figure likely is inflated by people who are registered more than once.
Clinton to campaign for Kerry
October 20, 2004
Former President Clinton will campaign for Sen. John Kerry early next week in Philadelphia, a senior Democratic official who is familiar with the former president’s plans said Tuesday.
Bush endorsed by Iran
October 20, 2004
The head of Iran’s security council said on Tuesday the re-election of President Bush was in Tehran’s best interests, despite the administration’s axis of evil label, accusations that Iran harbors al-Qaida terrorists and threats of sanctions over the country’s nuclear ambitions.
Miles staying close to home by tapping UT
October 20, 2004
C.J. Miles never will forget the day 1,300 fans stood and cheered as he entered Kansas University’s Horejsi Center to watch a Jayhawk men’s basketball scrimmage.
Dick Tracy, Mary Poppins not really eligible to vote
October 20, 2004
Elections officials knew something was wrong when they got voter registration cards for Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy, Michael Jordan and George Foreman.
New allegations filed against Fox, O’Reilly
October 20, 2004
A Fox News Channel producer who filed a sex harassment lawsuit against talk show host Bill O’Reilly filed new accusations Tuesday, alleging she has lost her job because she complained to Fox about her alleged mistreatment.
Commission calls for traffic study
Intersections along Wakarusa Drive considered for first improvements
October 20, 2004
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday called for a study of traffic problems along Wakarusa Drive, ordering signals installed at the intersection of Bob Billings Parkway as a first step toward a solution.
KU alumnus travels to Israel to give kidney to 10-year-old boy
October 20, 2004
Eric Swim was surfing on the Internet in June when he stumbled across the story of a 10-year-old Jewish boy from Israel who was in desperate need of a kidney transplant.
Jayhawks finish ninth
October 20, 2004
Kansas University placed ninth out of 19 teams in the Lady Razorback Invitational after shooting a final-round 312 for a three-day total of 938 strokes.
Election events planned at Dole Institute
October 20, 2004
A series of election-oriented events is planned at the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University’s west campus.
Candidates clash during radio debate
Boyda, Ryun show wide differences on education, health care
October 20, 2004
U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., and Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda displayed wide differences on major issues Tuesday and got into an argument over one that occurred more than 30 years ago — the Vietnam War.
Tree holds students’ hopes for nation
Exercise teaches third-graders about voting, election
October 20, 2004
Students in Susan Lomshek’s third-grade class at Schwegler School may not all know how they would vote Nov. 2, but they know what they wish for the country’s future.
State puts bioterrorism labs on display
Scientists demonstrate new, improved equipment
October 20, 2004
The microbiologist carefully placed the powder on a slide and then into the infrared microscope. A magnified image of the substance appeared on a computer screen, and the machine took a molecular fingerprint and within seconds produced a match: nondairy creamer.
Anti-tax group targets state representative
October 20, 2004
An anti-tax political action committee that helped defeat a handful of moderate Republicans in the primary has targeted for defeat state Rep. Tom Holland, a Democrat from Baldwin.
Francis Keith Darr
October 20, 2004
Tips on selecting, preparing gourds
October 20, 2004
Whether they are green, white or yellow; long, round or scalloped, summer squashes are all thin-skinned and easily punctured with a fingernail. Except for butternut, winter squashes all have hard-shelled skins.
Squash soup’s on in South Africa
Butternut variety readily available
October 20, 2004
Conversation with South Africans reveals that a lot of people think of butternut squash soup as the national soup of South Africa — it’s served in restaurants, at home, and even on safari.
Culinary school instructors share Italian dishes on ‘Jayni’
October 20, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Umbria Meets the Midwest With Chef Andrea Sposini & Company.”
County reports record voter registration
Presidential race drives disaffected into action
October 20, 2004
Toby Sumner could have voted in the 2000 presidential election. But the 23-year-old didn’t cast a ballot. He said he didn’t feel the need. This election, however, is different.
Yard sign thefts testing tolerance
Lawrence residents reporting waves of vandalism
October 20, 2004
Lawrence resident Julie Jasperson is worried the rash of thefts are a sign of what’s to come.
Medicare costs to steal from Social Security increase
October 20, 2004
More than 47 million Americans will get a 2.7 percent increase in their Social Security checks starting in January, meaning an additional $25 per month for the typical retiree. But almost half of that gain will be gobbled up by a record increase in Medicare premiums.
Musicians strike political tone
October 20, 2004
After watching world events unfold, after hearing of too many deaths in too many places, Good Charlotte had something to say.
Center of Universe’ worlds away from funny
October 20, 2004
The long-delayed debut episode of “Center of the Universe” (8:30 p.m., CBS) sports an impressive cast, including John Goodman (“Roseanne”), Jean Smart (“Frasier,” “Designing Women”), Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and Olympia Dukakis (“Moonstruck”). But not even the most experienced actors can transcend a script this weak, hackneyed and predictable.
FDA searches worldwide for additional flu vaccine
October 20, 2004
Federal health officials said Tuesday that 2.6 million additional doses of flu vaccine would be available in January, far fewer than the 48 million lost to contamination at a British manufacturing plant.
Director of CARE abducted in Baghdad
Humanitarian leader most high-profile figure to be kidnapped
October 20, 2004
Gunmen seized the head of CARE International’s operations in Iraq — a woman who has worked on behalf of Iraqis for three decades.
Review: Dinner theater troupe serves up delicious mystery at Hereford House
October 20, 2004
The Leavenworth Players Group, performing in the downstairs banquet room of the Hereford House, gave a good evening’s entertainment to nearly 50 diners Saturday.
Briefly
October 20, 2004
¢ Plane crash kills at least 8 ¢ Karzai team confident of victory in first round ¢ Army chief condemns call for disobedience
Squash imports with fresh produce
October 20, 2004
As we move into autumn, our access to locally grown produce is beginning to diminish. It won’t be long before the vegetable portion of our diet will have to be canned, frozen or picked early and imported from another climate.
Testosterone patch touted as female equivalent of Viagra
October 20, 2004
Menopausal women had more sex and were happier about it when using an experimental hormone patch hailed by some as a possible female equivalent of Viagra, doctors reported Tuesday.
Oatmeal Almond Cake makes wholesome, holiday treat
October 20, 2004
These wholesome oatmeal bars taste good enough to win over children who tend to shy away from what’s said to be good for them. Adding to the enticement is that these bars can be dressed up in their own colorful guise for Halloween or Thanksgiving, with pumpkin-colored icing and candy corn toppings, with marzipan carrots served on the side.
On the record
October 20, 2004
Next stop: Game 7
Red Sox force decisive game
October 20, 2004
Gritting his teeth and grimacing throughout, Curt Schilling willed away the pain in his bloody right ankle and Boston got the benefit of two reversed calls to move within one win of the most shocking comeback in baseball postseason history.
Briefly
October 20, 2004
¢ Arrests thwart plot to blow up courthouse ¢ Prime minister removed from office ¢ U.S. likely to sell nuclear reactors
Barbecue breakthrough
Lawrence boasts a bigger menu of smoked meats
October 20, 2004
When veteran restaurateur Bob Schumm opened Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse in downtown Lawrence in 1977, he had the city’s barbecue market to himself.
Holland’s record point of contention
Lorenzo blasts performance; incumbent stands behind it
October 20, 2004
Rep. Tom Holland, a Democrat from Baldwin, is running for re-election touting his record. His Republican opponent, political newcomer Rich Lorenzo, of Lawrence, is blasting it.
Canadians hope for new U.S. president
October 20, 2004
Measured by shared boundaries and trade, no foreign country has a larger stake in the U.S. presidential election than Canada. Its citizens, by an overwhelming margin, hope for President Bush’s defeat, but its government — unsure of the Nov. 2 outcome — is trying to keep bilateral tensions from escalating.
Federal fraud trial opens for Wittig, partner
Prosecutor says Westar chief tried to loot company
October 20, 2004
Former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig and his top deputy “tried to enrich themselves with every available opportunity” during their tenure leading the largest electric utility in Kansas, a prosecutor said as the pair’s federal fraud trial began Tuesday.
Report: College costs rising at slower pace
October 20, 2004
Tuition at Kansas University remains well below the national average, according to a report released Tuesday.
Lawrence High savors Senior Night sweep
Lions top Leavenworth, Topeka West, Emporia
October 20, 2004
Seven Lawrence High seniors wore leis around their necks and carried brightly colored flowers Tuesday night inside the LHS gym.
Astros’ fans know better than to start celebrating
October 20, 2004
Hold on, Astros fans. Remember 1980? How about 1986? Of course you do.
Teen’s Holocaust-era diary revealed
October 20, 2004
A Holocaust-era diary and love letters written by a Jewish teen for her Dutch boyfriend while she was imprisoned in an internment camp in 1943 has been donated to a Dutch archive.
Chiefs catch heat from fans
October 20, 2004
When Kansas City Chiefs executive Lynn Stiles welcomed a group of about 50 fantasy-league players to Arrowhead Stadium this week, he assumed they were loyal fans.
Horoscopes
October 20, 2004
Boston, New York playing an instant classic
Schilling’s performance gives Red Sox chance to make postseason history
October 20, 2004
A classic series deserves a classic finish. This ALCS between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox has heroics and heartbreaks, arguments and reversed calls, diving catches and basepath blunders, hot bats and bizarre slumps, rainy days and endless nights.
6Sports video: Lions drill competition on Senior Night
October 20, 2004
The LHS volleyball team honored seven girls, some of whom have played on varsity since they were sophomores, Tuesday on Senior Night. Then the Lions capped off the celebration by trouncing their opponents.
Too many voters lack basic knowledge
October 20, 2004
During this soon-to-be-over (thankfully) political season, there have been those who, in the heat of debate, have told people of a different political persuasion, “You don’t know what you are talking about.” There is now evidence that backs up that claim.
Commentary: Beltran boosting his market value
October 20, 2004
It turns out the Phillies organization has one last chance to redeem itself for being such a tease these last two seasons.
McCants: I love North Carolina
Guard, Williams address media over jail comments
October 20, 2004
North Carolina guard Rashad McCants is required to go to class, to show up on time for practice and to attend study hall. He has very little of the freedom most college students take for granted.
Players, coaches biding time, waiting
League, players association still far apart; negotiations remain at standstill
October 20, 2004
The hum from machinery tucked under the seats at Joe Louis Arena was the only sound heard.
People
October 20, 2004
¢ Letterman to go ‘Live’ ¢ No relapse for Mary-Kate ¢ Etheridge recuperating ¢ Britney ready to chill
Group warns of election meltdown
Changes across the country likely to lead to confusion, lawsuits
October 20, 2004
When tens of millions of voters flock to the polls in less than two weeks, the nation could experience another Florida-style meltdown because of confusion over rules, disputes over new voting systems, a lack of poll workers and the high potential for court battles in any close contest.
Commission briefs
October 20, 2004
¢ City recognizes Godzilla’s birthday ¢ Property tax rate estimate lowered ¢ City advancing plans for new fire station
KU group sets record for signing up voters
October 20, 2004
Hours of manning voter registration tables on campus has paid off for a Kansas University student group.
Briefly
October 20, 2004
¢ 2 killed in plane crash near MLK birthplace ¢ Bulletproof vest maker files for bankruptcy ¢ Audubon Society sees declines in birds ¢ Storms continue path of destruction ¢ Carbon monoxide kills Albanian singer, family
Daily ticker
October 20, 2004
Realtor files plans for trailer park
Midyett seeks to redevelop 23rd Street site
October 20, 2004
A Lawrence real estate company plans to redevelop and clean up a deteriorating trailer park on East 23rd Street, but the project has created questions among residents and neighbors.
Briefcase
October 20, 2004
¢ Coke forced to change sales strategy in Europe ¢ Downtown Lawrence to have Halloween event ¢ McDonald’s serves up profit in third quarter ¢ Financing arm drives Ford’s profit growth
U.S. sprinter accepts suspension
Harrison expected to retire at 30 after doping penalty
October 20, 2004
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alvin Harrison accepted a four-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday for drug violations uncovered in the BALCO case.
Astros turn to Munro to lead them to Series
Clemens would be available to start Game 7 if needed
October 20, 2004
Roger Clemens can relax. For now, Pete Munro is Houston’s pick to pitch the team into the World Series.
KU quarterbacks not bothered by waiting
No starter announced; Mangino reiterates both could play at OU
October 20, 2004
Don’t be fooled, when it comes to playing Oklahoma’s big bad defense, junior Jason Swanson might be the most experienced quarterback on the Kansas University football team.
Candidates list campaign stops
October 20, 2004
Highway patrol blames bus crash on passenger
October 20, 2004
A Greyhound bus carrying 27 people veered off Interstate 70 yesterday west of WaKeeney after a passenger grabbed the steering wheel, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
New ideas, experience touted at forum
October 20, 2004
Candidates for Douglas County offices either touted their government experience or spoke of the need for change and more efficiency during a candidate forum Tuesday night in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vt.
Emma Morozzo
October 20, 2004
Players fighting to keep cards
Final stops on PGA Tour vital to players low on money list
October 20, 2004
Chris Smith wishes he had brought his family to the Funai Classic at Disney, where they could have spent the week at the Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon or other parks.
Haskell tapped for last
October 20, 2004
Bellevue University and College of the Ozarks are the preseason choices to win the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball championships respectively.
Family in slaying probe wants apology
No corpse found in Morton County search
October 20, 2004
A Morton County family says their farm last week was stormed by state police looking for evidence of a cult killing. And they’d like an apology.